I just love a gate card, so when I saw scrimpingmommy’s (Amanda Charlesworth) locked gate card I just had to try it. A member of my team had her gran (Ethne) recently reach the massive milestone of turning 100. With the travel restrictions still in place it was impossible for the family in Australia to travel to New Zealand for any celebrations, so together we came up with the idea of trying to achieve 100 birthday cards in the post instead.
With the delays in the post from both Australia and New Zealand I am not sure the cards would have arrived by her birthday, but Ethne can celebrate all month long as these cards arrive.
Such a special occasion called for a very special card and I felt the Peony Suite fit this so perfectly. My team member also told me that Ethne loves to garden so this flower is so fitting.
After I watched the original video (link is at the end of this post) I decided to rejig the measurements to fit Australian Sized Cardstock and a normal sized envelope. I still wanted this to be quite economical and I love getting two card bases from a piece of A4 cardstock.
- Cardbase is normal size cardbase (1/2 A4 sheet) which is 8 ¼ inches x 5 7/8 inches.
- Score on the long side at 2 1/16 inch and flip 180 degrees and score at 2 1/16 inch
- This will leave a tiny gap but this will make it easy for the mechanism to slide. The card actually works better if you had an additional layer of cardstock to the panels, prior to the layer of DSP.
- The mechanism is 4 pieces of cardstock that are 3 inch squares. You will need to score 2 of these pieces at 1 ½ inches and then adhere these scored pieces to the two flat pieces. Please see 4th picture which is a close up of the mechanism.
- If you use a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock you will get 16 pieces (4 mechanisms) rather than only 4 pieces (1 mechanism) out of an A4 sheet.
The bling is something that I had in my stash and I felt it added the vintage touch that was required for such a special card. As daunting as the Peony Dies are when they arrive they actually come together so easily. You only need one of each of the dies and they all line up and this is the first time I made the flower and it is stunning. There is really nothing to it, the die has done all the work.
Once I had cut out all the pieces of the die, I did run them through the Old World Paper Embossing Folder and then sponged around the edges in Petal Pink ink. I have just used tape to put these together, no dimensionals but I have seen plenty of other demonstrators use dimensionals as well. I wanted to keep this card as flat as possible as I was posting this overseas.
Did you notice the vellum doily? It is amazing and it is included if you purchase the whole Peony Suite. The leaves were cut out using scraps of Old Olive and Garden Green and I sponged around the edges as well.
This is a close up of the mechanism. You need to make sure the open edges face outwards to ensure it will slide along and lock your card.
Here is a picture of Ethne Hill on her birthday. I hope she is super surprised with all the birthday cards that will be arriving over the next month. When I put the notice up on my page I have demonstrators and friends from all over the world willing to post birthday cards to her.
I’m so impressed with this card that I have made loads of them now in all different stamp sets and designer series paper, they are very addictive.
The original video can be found here:
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